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The San Francisco Bay Area Commemorates National Domestic Violence Month

October is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and San Francisco Bay Area family attorneys are aware of several notable events occurring in Santa Clara County that address this serious issue. Among these events is the Walk to End Domestic Violence, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, and culminate with a free community lunch and informational fair at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Additionally, individuals who wish to seek resources related to domestic violence may do so at an information fair at Palo Alto high school on October 30 between 6 and 8:30 p.m.
As indicated by the recent tragic case of 6-year old Oscar Jimenez Jr., the San Jose boy who was allegedly beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, it is vital that people in the Bay Area and across America educate themselves on this issue. According to court documents that have surfaced in the Jimenez case, Samuel Corona had a long history of domestic violence charges that eventually culminated in the murder charges he is currently facing. In fact, police records on Corona indicate that his years of imprisonment were the only years he did not face criminal charges for some type of violent incident. After meeting his first girlfriend, Stephanie Love, at the age of 13, Corona embarked on a path of continual run-ins with the law that evolved into episodes of domestic violence once Love became pregnant with his child. After fleeing Arizona with a warrant out for his arrest, he eventually landed in San Jose, California, where his pattern of violence continued with his new girlfriend, Kathryn Jimenez-the mother of Oscar Jimenez.
Perpetrators of domestic violence generally have a history of engaging in violent episodes. If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, our Bay Area family lawyers advise you to seek legal help immediately. The case of Oscar Jimenez should serve as a sad lesson to anyone involved in a violent relationship –the cost of failing to seek the appropriate help could be inestimable.